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Redistributing the seats: much ado about very little

Ontario is insisting on 'equal' and 'fair' representation, but that formulation if insisted upon with mathematical rigour flies in the face of the Constitution, the jurisprudence, and Ontario's own behaviour in allotting its provincial seats

Ontario is threatening to make a federal case over Ottawa's proposed legislation, Bill C-56, to expand the House of Commons and redistribute its seats. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has mused about hauling Ottawa into court. He is on weak constitutional ground, as his lawyers will advise him. He has no more business telling Ottawa how to redistribute its seats than Ottawa has telling Ontario how to allot its constituencies. In addition, fed-bashing doesn't play well politically in the province.

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Redistributing the seats: much ado about very little

Ontario is insisting on 'equal' and 'fair' representation, but that formulation if insisted upon with mathematical rigour flies in the face of the Constitution, the jurisprudence, and Ontario's own behaviour in allotting its provincial seats

Ontario is threatening to make a federal case over Ottawa's proposed legislation, Bill C-56, to expand the House of Commons and redistribute its seats. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has mused about hauling Ottawa into court. He is on weak constitutional ground, as his lawyers will advise him. He has no more business telling Ottawa how to redistribute its seats than Ottawa has telling Ontario how to allot its constituencies. In addition, fed-bashing doesn't play well politically in the province.

  

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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